A great experience in Sevilla, Spain! February 05, 2016

By (Spanish Language, Literature, Berea College) - abroad from 09/13/2015 to 12/11/2015 with

API (Academic Programs International): Seville - Universidad de Sevilla

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile for sure! I learned a lot about my own ability to be independent and handle frustrating or difficult situations, even with the added stress of being in a country where the language was not my first.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were not especially challenging to me, but they were interesting and the professors were fun, kind, and willing to work with all of our silly American quirks.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The API group were all very helpful and they put together a lot of fun activities and trips for us to go on.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The location was central and my host parents were very kind and encouraged our Spanish speaking.

* Food:

My host mom was super sweet and her cooking was great, not to mention traditionally Spanish.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was rather difficult to really get to know any local students, even with the intercambios program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

While I did not need treatment, I know several other students who did, and they were well taken care of, both by the doctors and by the assistance of the API program. I did not need any vaccines for this trip.

* Safety:

I felt safer walking by myself than even back home, but there was an incident with pick-pocketing which we were duly warned about.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I really loved all that API did for us, such as the included trips and cultural activities.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

As long as I didn't do any much traveling, it went well.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $40, on average?
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't buy Starbucks in Spain; all other coffee is better, cheaper, and more fun!

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

We had the option to have English tours and classes, but we were encouraged to speak Spanish. Also, my host family spoke no English!

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I've taken 300 level courses since coming to college.
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Always try, and don't doubt yourself! Work your way around a word, and really do make an effort to write down new words. It can be frustrating sometimes, but you'll thank yourself later!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Trips
  • Host family
  • Interesting classes
* What could be improved?
  • Immersion with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Restaurant etiquette in Spain, mostly!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!